Oxfam pays tribute to volunteers, donors and shoppers for their long-standing generosity
After over 30 years of trading, Oxfam’s shop in Montrose will shut its doors for the last time on Saturday 26 January.
Oxfam is in the process of selling the property following a review of the shop’s profitability.
Lynda Stuart has been managing the shop on Orange Lane for eight years. She said: “I would like to thank the local community for all their support over the years, whether they donated stock or shopped with us and in particular to all the people past and present who donated their time.”
A closing down sale has begun and the shop will continue to trade and accept donations from the public up until it closes. Any stock left over will be sent to other stores.
Karen Duthie, Area Manager for Oxfam in North East Scotland said: “The decision to close Oxfam’s shop in Montrose has been taken with much sadness. We have a responsibility to ensure that all of our shops are efficient and making money for Oxfam’s lifesaving work around the world, and unfortunately in this case, our Montrose shop was found to be no longer viable.
“I’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who’s supported the shop over the years; from our dedicated staff and volunteer team to our loyal customers.
“I’m proud of what we’ve all achieved through the shop in Montrose over the last three decades and the local community should be too; together we’ve raised thousands of pounds to help Oxfam in the global fight against poverty and injustice.”
Duthie added she hoped the sale of the shop would be finalised in the coming months, but said that it was no longer practical to keep the shop open until the sale concluded.
Duthie is urging Montrose shoppers to continue supporting the charity online at oxfam.org.uk/shop
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For more information please contact: Rebecca Lozza, Media and Communications Officer, Oxfam Scotland, on 0141 285 8875 / 07880785159 or RLozza1@Oxfam.org.uk
Notes to Editors
- Oxfam has 636 shops across the UK, including 43 in Scotland, and a popular online shop which together brings in more than £21 million a year to help the organisation fight extreme poverty and inequality.